Little boy with blocks

Putting Feelings into Words—a Challenge for Young Children, Especially Boys

August 13th, 2013

Our goals for young children is that they put their feelings into words (rather than into hitting, biting, or tantrums). But brain research has shown that there are fewer neurological connections for boys between the feeling side of their brain and the side of their brain for verbal expression. It is neurologically more challenging for boys to put their feelings into words.

We need to give boys more time to develop this verbal capacity and we need to give boys more time to answer questions when asked about their feelings. It is important to know about this neurological challenge for boys, a difference that exists from utero until…dare I say adulthood?

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